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Color Me Not Impressed
on March 11, 2009
As a kid, I grew up with classic RPGs like the original Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. These games didn't rely on awesome graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, or killer special effects to capture the player's attention and affection. These games sold you on the story and gameplay because, well, there really wasn't much else. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard the original Final Fantasy III--a game never before released in the US--was coming out for the DS with all kinds of revisions and overhauls.
High hopes are what I had for this game, and they were horribly dashed after just a few short hours of playing. For starters, the story is boring and horribly unoriginal. In fact, it's essentially a rehashing of the original game's storyline. Second of all, the massive overhaul to the graphics and sound is little more than a complete waste of time. Oh, wow, so a 2-D game is now in 3-D, but it still plays like it's 2-D? WHO CARES. Aside from being able to play using the touch screen exclusively, the gameplay itself is majorly disappointing. In fact, aside from the pretty graphics and nicely redone sound, this game is utter garbage. Now I know why it was never released in the US.
After more than enough hours of wandering aimlessly throughout the game with little idea of what I'm doing or what's going on, I grew bored with the story and tired of playing. Some games I can stomach the horrible gameplay for the story, but this is not one of those games. To be perfectly honest, I only recommend buying this game if you're a die-hard, hardcore Final Fantasy fanatic or collector. Otherwise, chances are you'll find this game to be as much a waste of your time and money as I.